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SpiceJet takes delivery of new Bombardier Q400 fleet

At a simple ceremony at Downsview Airport in Toronto, Canada on Friday 26th August, Indian low cost carrier SpiceJet took delivery of the first four Bombardier Q400 NextGen turbo-prop aircraft. SpiceJet has ordered 15 aircraft. The first aircraft VT-SUA named Saunf left on its ferry flight to India immediately after the ceremony. In fact the formal delivery ceremony was conducted …

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SpiceJet to take delivery of India’s first Bombardier Q400 this Friday

Indian low fare carrier Spicejet will take delivery of its first Bombardier Q400 next gen turbo-prop aircraft this Friday at Downsview Airport, Toronto, Canada. SpiceJet, late last year, ordered 15 of these advanced regional turbo-prop aircraft with an option for 15 more. The airline has already announced a strong regional route network from its first Q400 base at Hyderabad, which …

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Comparison of 1Q operating parameters of Jet Airways, JetLite, Kingfisher, and SpiceJet

India has three airline groups which are listed on the stock market and therefore regularly release information on their quarterly and annual financial and operating performance. Jet Airways group comprising of full service carrier Jet Airways and its low cost subsidiary JetLite, (the low fare service Jet Airways Konnect’s numbers are rolled in to those of Jet Airways), fellow full …

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Podcast: AirAsia Malaysia Airlines stock swap, Star’s India misfire, Air India’s 787 Dreamliner

Another edition of the Asian air scene podcast featuring Addison Schonland, Vinay Bhaskara and Devesh Agarwal. We covered the share swap between AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines and what benefits would it offer and what would it take away. In the India scene we covered the suspension of the application of national carrier Air India and the reported fait accompli presented …

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Star Alliance indefinitely suspends Air India’s membership application. An opening for Jet Airways?

India’s national carrier Air India has achieved a rather dubious first — the Star Alliance network of airlines, has suspended Air India’s membership application indefinitely — the first time it has done for any applicant airline. In a diplomatically worded release, the network says The member airlines of the Star Alliance network and Air India have jointly concluded that the …

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Podcast: India’s airline market overview

Earlier this morning I had the opportunity to record a podcast on the state of Indian airline market along with IAG’s Addison Schonland and The Gate at FlyerTalk author Vinay Bhaskara. Amongst the topics covered — the mess called Air India, and the mega A320neo order by IndiGo. We hope to make this podcast a monthly affair.

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Additional analyses on the massive American Airline’s order to Airbus and Boeing

After the announcement, yesterday, of the massive order by American Airlines to Airbus and Boeing, I took some time to read the analyses and views, of some of the people for whom I have high respect, especially when it comes to field of aviation. Addison Schonland of Innovation Analysis Group (IAG) highlights the monopolisation of production slots by the early …

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American Airlines announces largest aircraft order in aviation history. Tops IndiGo and AirAsia

AMR Corporation (NYSE: AMR), the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle, today announced the largest order in aviation history of 460 narrow-body single aisle jet aircraft with another 465 on option. This tops the recent record setting orders of 180 Airbus A320 family aircraft by India’s IndiGo, and 200 A320neo aircraft by Malaysia’s AirAsia. The deliveries will commence …

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How plane spotters are helping airport security in their battle against terror

Last week saw yet another dastardly attack against the citizens of India in general and Mumbai in particular. As per the Government of India, there was no prior intelligence warning of the Mumbai blasts. Across the world, governments have realised the importance of involving and engaging the local community to ensure a flow of information, especially on strangers or unknown …

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Mumbai Police terrorise press photographer. A warning to plane spotting in Mumbai.

The Mid-Day is quite a famous newspaper in the financial capital of India, Mumbai. On July 8th, the Mumbai Police quite literally terrorised one of the papers accredited photographers Sayed Sameer Abedi who recounts the horrors he faced in this article. His alleged crime? Taking photographs of an airplane without the permission of the Mumbai Police. Bangalore Aviation readers can …

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Photo: Boeing 787 Dreamliner ZA002 N787EX arrives on maiden India trip

Boeing brought its 787 Dreamliner ZA002 test registration N787EX in to India’s capital New Delhi earlier today. Fellow plane spotter Uday Krishna captured this photo and has graciously agreed to share it with Bangalore Aviation. Boeing 787 Dreamliner ZA002 N787EX on finals to runway 11 Delhi airport. Click on image for a larger view This photo courtesy of the airport …

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AirAsia X to shift from London Stansted to Gatwick

Malaysian low fare carrier AirAsia X has announced that it will shift its six times a week Kuala Lumpur to London flights from Stansted airport to Gatwick airport from October 24, 2011. AirAsia Airbus A340-300 9M-XAC in Oakland Raiders livery at London Stansted. Click on image for high resolution view. The move will afford AirAsia X passengers better onward connectivity …

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No international arrival lounge at Bangkok hub degrades Thai premium passenger experience

Just completed an eight segment trip that took me from Bangalore to Thailand and Korea on Thai Airways. Thai Airways has upgraded its daily Bangalore Bangkok service to Boeing 777-200ERs, five times a week, the other two days remaining an Airbus A330-300. The Thai B772ERs are equipped with the lay-flat Recaro seats in business class in a 2-2-2 configuration with …

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Airbus A320neo a runaway success at the Paris Air Show, pressure on Boeing

Driven by rising fuel costs, growing environmental legislation, and shrinking margins, airlines from across the world have sent a clear message to airplane manufacturers by ordering massive numbers of the fuel efficient A320neo. neo which stands for New Engine Option is a re-engined version of the single aisle Airbus A320 family aircraft equipped with new engines from Pratt and Whitney …

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bmi first to commence Amritsar London Heathrow direct service

bmi, British Midland International, Heathrow’s second largest airline, and a member of the Star Alliance will commence a thrice a week service between Amritsar and London Heathrow starting on 14 October 2011. bmi Airbus A330-242 G-WWBB. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal. Flights will operate to London Heathrow via Almaty in Kazakhstan. bmi will be the only airline to offer a direct …

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BREAKING!!! – Air India unit – Centaur Hotels’ website insecure – allows access to guests’ passports, ID’s, credit cards

The next time you check in to the Centaur Hotel at IGI airport New Delhi, and hand over your passport and/or credit card, beware!!!!, you are exposing your personal information to the whole world. At a time when the Government of India is imposing draconian rules on internet services providers, and battles are raging on the issue of privacy, or …

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